Hopkins Memorial Forest will again be open to deer hunting by special permit during the 12-day shotgun season this fall.
The 2013 Massachusetts deer shotgun season runs from Dec. 2 to Dec. 14, excluding Sunday, Dec. 8, and a limited number of complimentary permits will be issued to hunters from local communities.
Applications, which can be obtained from the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, are due back to the Center by Nov. 1. They will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis and permits will be issued to selected hunters by mid-November.
Annually, 75 to 100 hunters are awarded permits to hunt in this research and teaching forest owned by Williams College, which closes the forest to other recreational users during the hunt.
Due to possible conflicts with other forest uses, no other hunting, aside from the 12-day deer shotgun season, is allowed in Hopkins Forest.
Hunters may obtain a no-fee permit application by contacting the Center for Environmental Studies, Williams College, 54 Stetson Court, Williamstown, MA 01267, (413) 597-2346, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.